Letters to the Editor

Look but don’t touch

On the front page of March 26 BND “Local” section, you show a woman holding her son over the Metro East Railroad Club’s display in Glen Carbon.

The picture shows her teaching him a wrong-doing. He is leaning on the display and touching the building.

Model Railroad displays are not toys; they are finely crafted scale models of a railroad and the surrounding areas. Many hours of work and much expense goes into constructing a model railroad display. When visiting a model railroad, it is hands-off unless a club member or owner instructs you to handle something on the display.

This includes buildings, structures, scenery and rolling stock. The photo shows the child leaning on scenery, possibly damaging it and handling the building, which should not be touched by anyone except a club member. This is akin to going to an art museum; it is look, enjoy but “hands-off.” The second problem is the BND publishing such a violation and condoning this error in judgment.

Joseph E. Obernuefemann, Collinsville